Chemical Engineering “Genius” Emerges as UNILAG’s Best Student Scores 4.96 CGPA

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof.

Rahamon Bello, on Friday said that 125 of its 10,600

graduating students for the 2014 session had finished

in the First Class Division.

Bello said at the convocation media briefing in Lagos

that the event for the award of degrees, higher

degrees, Diploma, certificates and prizes, would hold

from April 27 to April 30.

He said that 1,664 of the students bagged the Second

Class Upper Division while 2,827 were in the Second

Class Lower Division.

Bello said that 963 others would be graduating in the

Third Class Division; 90 with Pass degrees while 167

others would be under the unclassified degrees in

Medicine and Pharmacy.

“I am also proud to announce Mr Korede Akinpelu of

the Department of Chemical Engineering as the best

graduating student of the university with a Cumulative

Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.96.

“Mr Sedan Shittu of the Department of Finance is the

second best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.91,”

he said.

Bello said the institution would also be graduating 103

Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.Ds.), 4,330 with Masters’

degrees and 331 with Postgraduate Diplomas from its

School of Postgraduate Studies.

He said that Dr Isaac Akpan, with the thesis entitled: “

Processing and Characterisation of Selected

Biodegradable Fibre-PLA Composites,’’ emerged the

best Doctorate student.

The vice-chancellor re-emphasised UNILAG’s resolve

to continue to produce quality first class graduates

capable of competing favourably with their

counterparts in any part of the world.

He said that the university had continued to witness

appropriate growth and development in all facets,

particularly in infrastructure and academic leadership.

Bello said that with the resuscitation of its students’

union 10 years after it was proscribed, the institution

now had the full complement of education.

According to the don, students can now fully exhibit

their leadership potentialities in readiness for roles in

the larger society.

The vice-chancellor said the university recently

produced a 25-year strategic plan, spanning from

2012 to 2037.

Bello said the document contained all facets of the

institution and how they should grow or develop in

tranches of five years.

He said the convocation programme would kick off

with a convocation lecture entitled: “ Taking

Advantage of a Depressing Nigerian Economy to

Accelerate Socio- Economic Development.’’

Bello said that the lecture, slated for April 27, would be

delivered by a former National Universities

Commission Executive Secretary, Prof. Peter

Okebukola.

He also said that honorary degrees would be

conferred on emeritus professors of the university,

including some eminent Nigerians, for their

outstanding contributions to education and quality of

life in Nigeria.

Some of the awardees include retired Lt.-Gen.

Theophilus Danjuma, Mr Gamaliel Onosode and

Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Bello congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for

entrenching democracy in Nigeria by conceding defeat

to the President- elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu

Buhari, before the final declaration of result.

He also congratulated Buhari and wished him a tenure

that would meet the expectations of the teeming

Nigerians.

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